Cuddle Up In Front Of L.A.'s Hottest Hearths

Although it never really feels like winter in L.A., when that brisk air hits, it totally zaps our ability to do anything. Call us wussies, but motivating to even step outside of the house seems like a hassle when the temps dip below sixty (how do those New Yorkers do it?). We've found that curling up in a toasty corner to sip from a cup of tea, or better yet, a delicious cocktail, is the best way to keep cabin fever at bay. And nothing is more comforting, or provides better mood lighting, than a crackling fire on a cold (ish) day. To avoid going all Grey Gardens this chilly season, we've rounded up the 10 coziest fire pits and fireplaces in SoCal that are perfect for an intimate meal, drinks with friends, or just for cuddling with a (hopefully smokin') date.
Clockwise from left: SLS Trés, Dominick's, and Cafe Sanjang.
Afternoon tea doesn't have to be an uptight affair, especially when Jose Andres is in the kitchen. Beet and goat cheese macarons, fresh "after eight" mints, and saffron jellies make up some of the delicious treats you can enjoy on your couch, curled up to your own private fireplace.
SLS Trés , 465 South La Cienega Boulevard (near San Vicente Boulevard); 310-246-5551.
Known for their delicious Italian fare, the back patio fireplace and twinkle lights create an intimate and romantic setting to enjoy the heartiest plates (meatballs for two, anyone?).
Dominick's , 8715 Beverly Boulevard (near San Vincente Boulevard); 310-652-2335.
Osteria La Buca
Head upstairs to a table next to the fireplace, overlooking the entire restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows. Short rib ravioli might not sound romantic, but next to the flames and with a few glasses of Sicilian Red, it makes for the perfect date.
Osteria La Buca , 5210 Melrose Avenue (at North Wilton Place); 323-462-1900.
Harvard and Stone
An industrial prohibition-era bar with a roaring fireplace and burlesque dancers, Havard and Stone is a great place for some old school cocktails (try the Fernet) and great conversation.
Harvard and Stone , 5221 Hollywood Boulevard (at North Harvard Boulevard); 323-466-6063.
Cafe Sanjang
Spicy Seafood Ramen is the perfect antidote to cold weather, and combined with a fireplace and plenty of shoji, this neighborhood Korean restaurant has you covered.
Cafe Sanjang , 101 South Virgil Avenue (at West First Street); 213-387-9190.
Photos (clockwise from left): Via SLS, Dominick's, and Cafe Sanjang.
Clockwise from bottom left: The Griffin, Mohawk Bend, and Il Covo.
Il Covo
If you're on the hunt for a sexy new date spot, the fireplace at Il Covo's front patio cannot be beat. Pair the romantic atmosphere with a glass of wine and a Fresh Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini or Short Rib with Gnocco alla Romana, and you will be canoodling in no time.
Il Covo , 8700 West 3rd Street (near Robertson Boulevard); 310-858-0020.
The Griffin
This is a fried pickles and beer kind of place with a "stuck in the mountains" vibe. Big couches and roaring firepits make this Atwater Village spot a comfortable place to blow off some steam — just stay away from the $4 mystery shots.
The Griffin , 3000 Los Feliz Boulevard (at Perlita Avenue); 323-644-0444.
Mohawk Bend
For a casual night of bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, and a stone smoked porter, the two-story fireplace in the back of Mohawk Bend can't be beat.
Mohawk Bend , 2141 West Sunset Boulevard, 213-483-2337.
Bar Hayama
For a date spot on Sawtelle, Bar Hayama provides delicious sushi, like crispy rice with spicy tuna and balsamic vinegar, and a gorgeous setting with an outdoor firepit. Tucked away from the traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard., Bar Hayama is the perfect place for a tranquil tryst.
Bar Hayama , 1803 Sawtelle Boulevard (at Nebraska Avenue); 310-235-2000.
The Wellesbourne
With lots of dark wood millwork, armchairs, and two fireplaces, this sophisticated bar is a great haven for westsiders. If you're looking for a quiet evening spent sipping on brandy alexanders, this is will be your jam.
The Wellesbourne, 10929 West Pico Boulevard (near Westwood Boulevard); 310-474-0102.
Photos (clockwise from bottom left): Via The Griffin, Mohawk Bend, and Il Covo.

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